Dworkin’s Leadership Wins National RecognitionFormer Vermont Public Service Board Chairman Michael Dworkin has won a national award recognizing his work in founding the Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.The Mary Kilmarx Award is given annually by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE) Committee to someone whose work reflects the Committee’s goals of promoting good government, clean energy and the environment.”Michael Dworkin’s work in the energy and environmental field is internationally known, and his commitment to education and conservation as demonstrated with the Institute for Energy and the Environment made him an ideal candidate for the Mary Kilmarx Award,” said Commissioner Rick Morgan of the District of Columbia, who presented the award on behalf of the ERE Committee. “This Award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty-traits that personify Michael Dworkin.”Dworkin was presented the award on Nov. 17 during NARUC’s 120th Annual Convention in New Orleans. ERE members had several reasons to present Dworkin with the award-notably his past chairmanship of the Vermont Public Service Board and the ERE Committee, and his work with the Institute for Energy and the Environment.Dworkin founded the Institute in 2005 after leaving the Public Service Board. The Institute is an international resource for energy law and policy. It offers a full course curriculum during the academic year and a series of summer seminars as well. The Institute’s student researchers work on pressing energy concerns such as energy self-reliance, carbon sequestration, and renewable energy sources. “The Institute is about building the right mix for thinking with global ideals and acting with rigorous pragmatism,” Dworkin said. “Our mission is to have fewer greenhouse gas emissions in 50 years because of the work we do today, and in 100 years because of the work our students do tomorrow. Its been a joy to find that Vermont Law provides a base for paralleling the work that Mary Kilmarx taught so many NARUC members to pursue for just such goals.”First awarded in 2002, the honor is named for Mary Kilmarx, a former commissioner and staff member at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, who served as staff co-chair of the ERE Committee when it was called the Energy Conservation Committee and provided its members with inspiration for many years.Past winners of the Kilmarx Award are: Former Montana Public Service Commissioner Bob Anderson; Former Vermont Public Service Board Chairman Richard Cowart; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Kathleen Hogan; Former Maine Public Utilities Commission member Cheryl Harrington; Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Attorney Ralph Cavanagh; and Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project Howard Geller.
The controversial General Services (GSA) Director, Mary T. Broh, is in trouble again. This time, her ordeal came about after several failed arrangements to have the agency settle arrears it allegedly owed the Fawh Building and General Goods Incorporated, in the amount of US$15,205.The money is allegedly due the company for building materials it supplied the GSA. For that reason, the company this month filed a lawsuit against Madam Broh at the Commercial Court to force her to pay the debt.In the suit, the company alleged that Director Broh allegedly wrote the management on October 9, 2013, requesting it to supply on credit building materials that were needed for the preparation of a high level conference in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County.The court documents further alleged that based upon the agency’s statutory mandate to purchase and procure materials for the construction on behalf of the government, they wasted no time to supply the needed items.The records also claimed that because of Director Broh’s commitment and integrity after she expressed her entity’s preparedness to repay the debt, the company had no fear supplying the building materials to the GSA.Court documents also claimed that Director Broh in her letter asking for the materials requested Fawh’s management to attach the list of items, submit them with an invoice and deliver the order so as to facilitate subsequent payment. The lawsuit alleged further that they adequately complied with the instruction.They claimed that since the request for credit was made through Director Broh’s letter, they have for the past four years been engaged in reminding her about her obligation to the amount of US$15,205, which she is yet to pay.“Broh has neglected and refused to respond to the company’s numerous calls reminding her to settle her obligation,” the documents alleged.At times, the court records claimed, Broh would call and make promises of payment, which she has never lived up to, up to the time of filing the suit.“The four years of deliberate refusal by Madam Broh to settle her agency’s obligation and a letter dated February 22 reminding her of the debt and her commitment,” the company explained in the lawsuit, “and after all attempts had failed including sending SMS messages, we resolved to bring the lawsuit against Madam Broh to recover our money.” Madam Broh and the GSA are yet to respond to the lawsuit.First LawsuitIn 2015, the GSA director, who led a Presidential taskforce “to give the city of Monrovia a facelift”, was taken to the Supreme Court for ‘illegally’ destroying some properties in Monrovia during a cleanup campaign late last year.Madam Broh and others were sued by some aggrieved citizens whose properties were destroyed in Monrovia and its environs by the Taskforce.Human rights lawyer Dempster Brown instituted the lawsuit on behalf of the aggrieved citizens.In a petition filed at the Supreme Court on December 1, 2015, by the petitioners’ legal counsel, the aggrieved citizens alleged that their properties, including structures, were destroyed without due process by Madam Broh and her team.They also said their properties were destroyed because, according to Madam Broh, the citizens violated the zoning law and the city ordinance by building in alleyways.But they argued that Madam Broh should have instituted legal actions against them if they violated the zoning laws and city ordinances, instead of breaking their respective structures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)